“I couldn’t tell you who else was in the room that night,” Stephen said like a bashful teenager, years later.
“She smiled at me, and the chill I’d carried in with me instantly vanished.” They exchanged flirtatious glances all through dinner, seated too far apart for actual conversation.
“This increased pool means greater opportunity for selection of partners with lower, similar, or even higher levels of certain characteristics.
This includes education, which is commonly used in human mating behavior as a proxy for resources and future provision as it can represent economic advantages.” The study included people ranging in age from millennials to octogenarians, demonstrating that online dating can give people from all walks of life the opportunity to experience a new way of finding a relationship.
“More research is needed though so that we can have a better understanding of the impacts of cyber-dating on individuals and relationships, as well as the psychology employed by people when using the Internet to maximize their educational preference in a mate,” he said.
Source: Queensland University of Technology Photo: QUT behavioural economists Stephen Whyte and Professor Benno Torgler have conducted the largest ever behavioural study analyzing Australian online dating behavior.
Online daters are most likely to contact people with the same level of education as them, but become less fussy about an intellectual match as they get older, according to a new study.
That’s when he saw a detail that stopped him in his tracks: Marietta was in a wheelchair.“Our study is a step towards understanding how technology is impacting on mate choice decisions based on education.“Cyber dating permits multiple partner choices in real time, which allows for a significantly greater available choice of potential mates,” he said.But the Internet has dramatically altered this process, they note.“The internet has completely changed how people choose dating partners to find love,” Whyte said.
“A thousand things went through my mind,” he recalls.